Thursday 11 December 2014

O Christmas tree...Billy style

Hello blogging friends, it's me Billy the cat here. Mrs Christmas aka Jane, is having that mad moment when she brings a tree, yes a real tree into the house and proceeds to dress it up with all sorts of shiny things. Here I was sitting on my favourite perch just minding my own business...
when I noticed the garage door open and this began to emerge. Obviously Jane had been out fishing for trees as it had been captured in no less than a net! Quite extraordinary, it seemed pretty dry. Jane's DH fiddled around on the floor with some kind of contraption and stood the poor tree up. 
I had a quick sniff
 They even moved my scratching post over...cheek!
At least they then set the poor tree free by removing the net. They then set about dressing it up in fancy dress. I must admit I think it looks quite fun.
There is a new bauble this year which Jane made at Centre Parcs, she says she will share her pottery painting with you soon, as she made some other bits too
She has so many decorations she has collected over the years. Some my predecessors,  Diggory and Megan marvelled at them too. 
I kept out of the way on the computer chair and started typing this blog post.

Now not being satisfied with fishing for 1 tree they then brought in the one which lives in my garden all year. This is my friend Chocolate Tree and he and I spent lots of time together. He sometimes gives me some shade in the summer. At least they didn't net Old Choc. He was carried in with a little more dignity.
Well here he is and yes you guessed it, he is now wearing his chocolate coat and shiny lights.

This year Jane has decided to hang some of her vintage decorations on him. He told me he feels very honoured.  I think he is standing extra proud in the hall way.
These moons are from when Jane was a little girl in the 1960s. Spot those Lindor chocs....Jane's favourites. There are also some Cadbury's  parcels on there amongst his branches.

 and this belonged to her dear Nan.
I think he looks a bit like the jolly chap in the red suit who visits once a year. I need to have a word with him that this year a special little girl called Daisy will be staying here. She has been very good and deserves lots of lovely presents from him. I know that his reindeer always appreciate the carrot and mince pie left out. He needs to go easy with all the sherry though, last year his boots were a bit noisy. It will be good to catch up with them all. It's very odd that they only seem to come this time of year. I wonder what they get up to the rest of the time? I'll have to ask Old Choc.

Now I have been told that if I am allowed control of Jane's blog today then I have to also show one of her card creations as she likes to enter card challenges.

She tells me the stamp is by Visible Image and she coloured it with Distress Ink.  Well that's pretty apt as that poor netted tree must have been very distressed. She made a snowy embossed background and used a holly Cheery Lynn die. The sentiment is LOTV. She added lots of chunky glass glitter which you might see better here
I'm not sure how she adds the glitter, it gets all over my paws every time I try.

She would like to enter her card into the following challenges;

Visible Image 'tis the season
Country View nostalgic Christmas
Noor!design UK  Merry Christmas
Die cut Divas Snow/Christmas/holidays
The artistic stamper anything goes
Fashionable stamping winter wonderland
Crafting muskateers use bling
Whimsy stamps anything goes
Crafty Little Fairies holly and/or ivy
Stamping sensations winter wonderland
As you like it favourite song/film and why mine is the carol "In the bleak mid winter". I find the words and melody hauntingly beautiful and it takes me back to my childhood, singing at school.
Vintage stamping a Christmas song as stated above my song is "In the bleak mid winter"
Loves rubberstamps winter/Christmas
That craft place Christmas
Pile it on anything goes Christmas/holidays
Party time Tuesday anything goes
Papertake weekly paper play
Inky chicks winter wonderland
Crafty sentiments Christmas
Stampotique Designers anything goes
Simon Says stamp Wednesday bling it on
Craft Hoarders Anonymous Celebrate the season my papers are ancient, my stamps are from last year.

So that's it from me, normal service will resume from Jane soon. She also tells me that Mr Blogger is having a bit of a meltdown at the moment. He has put up the "put this number in the box thing" robot word verification when you try to leave a comment.  Jane says you can just ignore it, leave a comment and hit publish and any comments will still post. ****edit from Jane; my friend Alexandra seems to have solved the problem..I have changed my settings in my comments to "embedded". Fingers crossed this works. Thanks!****

She is cracker making at the moment...hmmm.  I think I will leave her to it although I do enjoy chasing those ribbons she uses. I call it being helpful, she mutters something different.  In the mean time can I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and furry New Year. I hope mine is fish filled. I'm off to see how Old Choc is doing in the hall and work out how on earth these stars fell out of the sky?

Purry hugs

Billy x

By the way Jane says it's only 2 weeks today until the Big Day...what on earth is she on about?


  1. morning billy (and jane) - your trees look beautiful. i'm sure it will take all your willpower to not bat those baubles. my cat, mischief, is already in trouble for that activity! big hugs and loving janes card too x

  2. Ha ha it's lovely to hear from you Billy, it's a strange old business this Christmas lark, isn't it!
    It must be nice having your friend Old Choc inside with you now, it saves you having to go outside to visit him.
    Please tell Jane her card is lovely, I love the deep green.
    Have a happy Christmas little furry boy,
    V x
    P.S. Just remember to stay out of the tree!!!!

  3. Ohhh Billy, so nice to hear from you again. Your post was purrrrfect, I enjoyed all your chit chat! Jane does a lovely job decorating the trees. Do you drink the water in the base? My kitties use to. You are so kind to help jane by writing up this post, you are a very good boy billy, I hope Santa leaves you some yummy treats and toys! Enjoy Old Choc, your buddy!

  4. Dear Billy ;)
    Thank You so much for this post!
    I've enjoyed it tremendously!
    The trees look beautiful and it is so sweet to see the "vintage" decorations too.
    Please tell Jane that if she wants to get rid of that number verification, she can change the setting of her comment box to "embedded". I've had the same problem as well, a real pain!
    Hope you only play with the ribbons Billy, don't get any ideas about those precious lights!

    1. Thanks Alexandra this seems to have worked, I have changed the settings...fingers crossed x

  5. Hi Billy, It was so good to read you post, you have great computer skills, it must be the mouse control. Please tell Jane that I love her card, and don't you worry about getting the glitter on your paws, she really enjoys clearing up after you
    Thank you so much for joining in with our challenge at Stampotique.
    I'm off now to prove that I'm not a robot lol Sue xx

  6. Hi Jane.. and Billy! Love your two trees and the special decorations.. you did a great job! Looks frosty in your back garden.. brrr. I'm off to volunteer at the falls today. ((hugs)), Teresa :-)
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    *M*E*R*R*Y* *C*H*R*I*S*T*M*A*S*!*
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  7. stunning
    thanks for playing with us at crafty sentiments

  8. Love the scene you have created, I've just popped over from PTT for a closer look. Carol x

  9. Hi Billy, you can tell your mum her Christmas Trees look beautiful as does her card. I do hope she has a parcel under the tree for you.
    Julie x

  10. Hi Billy, it's Nero here! Your trees look great! I haven't seen ours yet, because it's in the other home. They say that tomorrow we shall sleep there, so then I'll see the tree, too. These days has been quite stressfull and I'm looking for Christmas. I wish you, Jane and your family Merry Christmas!
    Hugs from Nero

  11. A perfect winter wonderland scene Jane and song choice.

    Thanks so much for joining in at FlonzCraft Vintage Stamping and Stamping Sensations. challenges.

    B x

  12. This looks really lovely! Thank you for joining us at As You Like It Challenge. hugs! Mojca

  13. Fabulous card. I love the dry embossing. Thank you so much for playing at Loves Rubberstamps!

  14. Hello Billy.....I enjoyed your post, you really are quite a writer! Love the two trees, and how wonderful to have one called Old Choc especially for chocolate, what a great idea! Tell Jane I love her card with it's little wintry scene :)
    Happy weekend to you all...enjoy the countdown to Christmas!
    Helen xox

  15. What a lovely card, Jane! (Sweet cat and tree, too!) You have created a beautiful winter scene here. Thanks so much for participating in the Stampotique Designers' Challenge!

  16. A lovely card. Thanks for joining us at Crafty Sentiments.

  17. Fabulous tree and I love your beautiful card. Thanks for playing with us over at Loves Rubberstamps!!!

  18. It's nice to hear from Billy and see that he's keeping an eye on all the activities! 12 days to go--ready or not!
    Jane T

  19. Hi Billy, Tiger and Jet here. What a great idea to bring Old Choc indoors, we can see why he is being given the chance to display the special ornaments, he is a grand fellow.

    We love it when the tree is put up in our house - it is really fun playing with the baubles on the lower branches, they even make great footballs if we can get them off the branches. Our mum loves football, but she seems quite cross when we try to play in this way - sometimes humans are very difficult to understand aren't they? BTW, have you ever watched Sad Cats Diary on youtube? Sums up a lot of what we try to say to the humans.

    Hope your Christmas and New Year are jolly, bright and full of tuna!

    Tiger and Jetxx PS Mum (Helen) says hello too!

  20. Beautiful card. Thanks for joining our challenge at Loves Rubberstamps. cute pictures!

  21. Lovely winter scene,

    Thanks for joining us at Stamping Sensations this month

    (and your trees look lovely too)


  22. What a great scene and love the story and your tree.

    So glad you could join us at Die Cut Divas.

  23. Hello dearest, sweetest Billy,

    Your posts are just the best! You write so clever (those paws must just fly on the keyboard!), and I think you observe Jane's doings great! Please tell her that her trees look gorgeous, and I am sure the crackers will be fantastic too! Please do not stress over Christmas, Billy-dear, just take a nap in your chair, Jane will take care of everything!

    Happy last week until...


  24. Beautiful card, the scene is absolutely serene. Thanks for joining us at Stampotique Designer's Challenge this week-unfortunately we've had to delete your creation for not stating the challenge # it was for after your name-please feel free to re-link up and again, thanks for joining us!

    1. I have re entered with those details, I hope correctly now! x

  25. Beautiful cards and a lovely tree, too! Thanks so much for playing along with us over at the Simon Says Stamp Wednesday challenge!

  26. WOW Billy you have amazing typing skills and thank Jane for all the lovely information about her vintage decorations.

    Gorgeous card, loving the sparkle which i imagine you love to chase about and leave a trail for Jane to clean up lol :-) xxx

  27. Beautiful , thank you for joining us at the Crafting Musketeers this month , Fran (DT) x

  28. Fab winter Tis the Season card . . . and lovely festive photo's too!

    Hugs, Sarn xxx

  29. Both your trees are looking splendid, Jane, mmmmmmm Lint truffles, my fav. Bx

  30. Hi Billy,

    Please tell Jane that her card is gorgeous (just like you)! The trees look wonderful too.

    Thank you for entering our final challenge at Crafty Little Fairies, and good luck in the draw.

    Jennifer. x

  31. Such a beautiful Christmas trees and I love the card too. Thank you for sharing your wonderful card with us at Stamping Sensation.
    Merry Christmas!
    Eret x

  32. Billy it was very kind of you to let her show off her beautiful card. Please tell her that we at That Craft Place Challenge enjoyed it. Hugs and scratches, Erin xx

  33. Your card is a perfect winter scene. Thanks so much for joining us this time at the Pile it On Challenge, Elizabeth (DT)

  34. Lovely winter scene
    Thank you for joining us at stampotique designer blog

  35. Wonderful christmas card! (And lovely cat ;) )
    Thanks for joining us at the Stampotique Designers Challenge :)

    I wish you a Happy New Year!

    xx Arwen

  36. Your tree and card are both beautiful. Thanks for joining us at Noor!DesignUK.



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  37. Love your tree, super coooote puddy cat and fab card :) Happy New Yeàr Zoe xx


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